DOWBIGGIN: While the NBA is evolving into the soccer model of a few elite teams contesting the title, the NHL is content with its anyone-can-win philosophy
DOWBIGGIN: Around the league during the race for the Stanley Cup: Is Subban too pricey for his contributions? Why can’t Ovechkin get the Capitals over the hump?
DOWBIGGIN: The league just can’t help itself. Despite pledges to free up the game, we endure reform and recidivism on flow of play, minor fouls, major fouls, video reviews
DOWBIGGIN: The two formerly-moribund NHL franchises have been reborn, thanks in great part to the contributions of former Detroit personnel … and the draft welfare system
DOWBIGGIN: If the non-playoff teams were forced to turn in the best record in the final 10 games in order to draft first, we could put an end to draft position tanking
DOWBIGGIN: A year after the unthinkable – no Canadian teams in the NHL playoffs – hope runs high across the country. No one would benefit more than Rogers Media
DOWBIGGIN: There’s enormous pressure to find the magic elixir when the fans howl at the moon on sports radio in their town
DOWBIGGIN: The coaching at the NHL level has gotten so thorough and data-based that games have the blood drained from them